Iran Used Instagram to Try and Lure Israelis to Meetings Abroad, Shin Bet and Mossad Say

Israel's security services say fake accounts targeted Israelis with business ties overseas in the hopes of harming or kidnapping them

Yaniv Kubovich
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Iranian intelligence services used fake Instagram accounts to try and lure Israelis to meetings overseas, with the goal of harming or kidnapping them, the Shin Bet security service and the Mossad spy agency said Monday.

The security services said the accounts impersonated women, some supposedly working in tourism, and approached Israelis who have business ties abroad and often travel to other countries for meetings.

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